Just north of downtown, Upper Falls’ name reflects its proximity to the magnificent Genesee River and its stunning cascades. Aside from a 96’ waterfall, this neighborhood boasts a great mix of activities: residential, commercial, industrial, non-profit, and civic. It is another great example of a downtown neighborhood that’s in reasonable walking distance to the natural beauty and serenity of the Genesee River gorge. Narrow streets are lined with simple cottage style homes and larger multi-unit rentals.
The Coalition of NorthEast Associations (CONEA), was founded in 1982 by a group of determined residents and stakeholders to focus on housing, crime prevention, economic development and youth leadership. Over the years, this organization worked alongside Flower City Habitat for Humanity to create several single family homes and apply for grants through the New York State Affordable Housing Foundation to help improve existing homes. In 2009, CONEA worked with the City’s Forestry Department to install an avenue of new trees in the area.
The neighborhood is home to Rochester’s community television station and educational center, RCTV. In addition, the new AMTRAK station is under development, enhancing the many transportation options for residents and visitors, along with the nearby Greyhound Bus station.
St. Michael’s Church is a historic icon firmly rooted in the present, offering a woodshop and free community music series in partnership with the Eastman School of Music. Also in the neighborhood are R Community Bikes, Baden Street Settlement, Anthony Jordan Health Center, and Rochester Makerspace. All this with the amenities and business hub of Center City just down the street.
Neighborhoods are living breathing entities, which can change over time. Although we have tried to capture the essence of this area, the Coalition will be reviewing information twice a year to determine if any updates should be made. If you have suggestions for an update, please contact us and we will consider it at the next review.